16 things you might not know about Montana
As Montanans, we like to think we know everything there is to know about Montana. Messing around the other day, I mean working hard to find interesting topics, I ran across some facts about the Big Sky Country I didn't know, and I thought I'd pass them along. Throw some of these around next time you want to look real native born Montana at the bar.
1. 46 of the 56 counties in Montana are considered Frontier Counties with an average population of 6 people or less per square mile.
2. The Anaconda Smokestack is one of the world's largest free-standing brick structures
3. Montana has two state gemstones, the Montana Sapphire and the Agate
4. Ekalaka is named after the daughter of Sitting Bull, Chief of the Sioux
5. The Yellowstone River is the largest undammed river in the lower 48 states
6. Beaver Creek Park in Hill County is the largest county park in the United States
7. Fort Peck Dam is the largest earth-dilled dam in the world.
8. More Golden Eagles have been seen in one day at the Rocky Mountain Front Eagle Migration Area than anywhere else in the United States
9. You could fit the states of Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania plus the District of Columbia inside our Montana borders
10. Montana is the only state with a triple divide. From Triple Divide Peak, water flows to the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and the Hudson Bay
11. The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman boasts more T-Rex specimens than anywhere else in the world, 13.
12. The water at Giant Springs takes 26 years to travel underground before returning to the surface
13. Montana is home to the largest migratory Elk herd in America
14. The first Gideon Bible ever placed in a hotel room was done so in Superior, Montana in 1908
15. There are more cattle in Montana than humans
16. The largest snowflake ever seen was recorded at Fort Keogh. It was 15 inches in diameter.